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Lion Dwayne Peel signs up for Ulster revolution

By Michael Sadlier

Former Wales and Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel is on his way to the Kingspan Stadium as part of Les Kiss's coaching shake-up for next season, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

The 35-year-old, who is currently working with Bristol, will be confirmed today by Ulster Rugby as an assistant coach and will join the province over the summer on a two-year deal.

Peel, who won 76 caps for Wales and played in three Tests for the Lions in 2005, will be responsible for Ulster's backline and also oversee their attacking strategy

He is currently backs and skills coach at Bristol, who are struggling at the foot of the Aviva Premiership.

Peel, who only retired from playing last season due to injury, has been identified by Kiss as an innovative young coach who will be a perfect fit in the Ulster structure.

Ulster's director of rugby has already signed up the highly rated Jono Gibbes as head coach, with the Kiwi's skills-set being largely forward-orientated, while Kiss is likely to keep focusing on defence.

Meanwhile, Ulster's plans to secure another vital PRO12 victory have been boosted by Craig Gilroy being made available after his stunning hat-trick of tries for Ireland in their record 63-10 win over Italy.

Gilroy romped over in Rome three times in 14 minutes and his finishing could be vital when sixth-placed Ulster take on Glasgow Warriors, who are three points ahead in fifth, at the Kingspan on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Ulster's push towards the top four play-offs could also see Ruan Pienaar back for the first time since New Year's Eve after knee surgery.

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